Ibiza sunset sessions are about as good a kept secret as Donald Trump tweeting his thoughts. Gone are the days of having them all to yourself. But some spots are just so breathtaking that sharing the experience with strangers can be quite rewarding.
Here are our favourite places on the White Isle. We look at the best ways to get to each (including beating the crowds), recommended bars/restaurants near each, and some cool activities to do in each area.
Getting There: If you are coming here by car or scooter, you’ll be treated to a stunning approach through the valley on the ten-minute drive from San Miguel. The beach is set below two hills that form the sheltered bay. The famous rocky atoll in the bay known as Cap Bernat (locally called ‘the finger of God’) is the main focal point of the beautiful view out over the bay.
It is no secret that the most popular day here is Sunday. The famous ‘drum down the sunset’ happens each Sunday evening and with it comes enormous crowds. Because of this, the road into Cala Benirras is closed every Sunday. And the authorities make it compulsory to take a bus for the last 5km to and from the beach.
Activities: The best way to experience Cala Benirras is to use a boat company running a popular Ibiza sunset excursion. You can find these operators in either San Miguel or Portinax. It’s a great way to get involved with the action while also having enough of your own space.
Food/drink: Located right on the beachfront and with a fantastic sunset view is Elements Ibiza. Whether you are after a sundowner, dinner, ambience, or to listen to music, they have all the bases covered.
Getting There: Tucked away to the West from the better-known sunset strip of San Antonio is Cala Comte. After a quick yet rewarding ten-minute ride by car/scooter/e-bike, you will arrive at the main beach. There are three in total that you can choose. However, the central Playa Cala Comte is the best established.
The best spot is Sunset Ashram Ibiza. The quintessential bohemian Ibiza sunset establishment of the whole island. It sits right on top of the point that splits the main beach in two. And as a result, has a sublime panoramic view for your enjoyment.
Activities: Exploring this particular area on foot is a great way to spend your time. Walking in a Southerly direction down the coast you will come across Cala Contita. Which is renowned for those that like their Ibiza sunset ‘au naturel’. The reward for walking further down the plateau form here is a view of Es Vedra. This viewpoint is close to the site of the famous (yet still secret) Rave in a Cave. A location which you will have to find for yourselves.
Food/drink: The best of the area is Sunset Ashram Ibiza with its relaxed atmosphere and great music from live DJ’s. It does get busy in the hours leading up to sunset and through the evening. If you would like something with fewer people, then head over to the 7 Pines resort for a stunning cliff-top view. They welcome non-hotel guests to their restaurants and bar
Getting There: Nestled in between Cala Codolar and Cala Tarida, about a fifteen-minute drive from Sant Josep. It is the most secluded spot in our recommendations. The best way to reach it is to park at Cala Codolar and walk the plateau.
You will know you are in the right place once you come across a series of scattered artworks. The main piece is called Time and Space, created by Australian artist Andrew Rogers, and it consists of pillars in a similar layout to Stonehenge. It forms part of his Rhythms of Life collections that has installations all over the world.
Activities: The combination of the stunning sunsets and unique artwork makes it a great place to switch off and unwind. Be sure to look out for the doors of Cala Llentia, which create a fantastic canvas for photographers to use their imaginations.
Food/drink: Your best bet is to Do It Yourself for this one. A few beers or Gin & Tonics while watching the sunset behind the art installations will be hard to top anywhere else. Grab a cooler box filled with ice and stock up on some snacks on your way there.
Getting There: Renting a scooter or e-bike is highly recommended. Having two wheels allows you to get right up to the viewpoint without having to walk too far. There are two equally impressive viewpoints to consider. The first is a ten-minute drive from Es Cubells called Pietre Circolari di Atlantis. And the second is Es Boldado above Cala d’Hort, which is fifteen minutes from Sant Josep.
The myths are surrounding Es Vedra are plentiful. Some more elaborate than others. However, one thing is for sure it’s home to one of the worlds most magical sunsets. Once you experience and Es Vedra sunset you can say that you have done possibly the most spiritual of the Ibizan sunsets.
Activities: By renting a scooter or e-bike, you’ll be able to ride around the tracks of the plateau overlooking the ocean. There are loads of nooks and crannies to explore where there are no other tourists in sight. Be careful not to venture too close to cliff edges though.
Food/drink: Es Boldado has a sublime view of the sunset. Be sure to try out their seafood which is renowned for being some of the best in Ibiza. For those after a traditional paella check out El Carmen right on the Cala d’Hort beachfront.
Getting There: The iconic Ibiza sunset. San Antonio’s sunset strip is well connected with the rest of the island. The strip starts just a short walk up the San Antonio beachfront and is light work for the majority who take the footpath.
Activities: This spot is all about being a part of the shared Ibiza sunset experience. Cafe Del Mar is where it all started in 1980 and has been shared by many others, enjoying the same thing. It’s all about being part of history where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Food/drink: Two established names that need no introduction on San Antonio’s sunset strip are Cafe Del Mar and Cafe Mambo. The mood is one of mellow contemplation during the day before the DJs ‘put the sun to bed’, and the music gets cranked up for the fiesta.
Na Xamena Cliffs
Getting There: If you are coming here by car/scooter, you’ll head in the opposite direction from Cala Benirras. The cliffs are a short ten-minute drive up the peninsula’s hill until you are overlooking the Mediterranean with the stunning Na Xamena viewpoint in front of you.
If you head a little further down the road, you will come across the hidden gem of Creu de Sant Miquel on the Punta de Sa Creu (Sa Creu Point). It is one of the most beloved spots of Ibiza’s rock climbing community.
Activities: Follow the carrer Na Xamena (Na Xamena road) until you reach the car park. From there, you’ll have to strap the last section by foot. The reward is one of the most spectacular views on the island. The point overlooks the Na Xamena cliffs to the left and Cala Benirras to the right. If you time this right, you’ll catch the Ibiza sunset all to yourself (or at least with few others around).
Food/drink: The Hacienda Na Xamena is a boujee option for those who are after a perfect setting for their Instagram feeds. The remote location means you won’t have to photoshop out all those other pesky people from that #nofilter Ibiza sunset snap.
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Scooters (From Moto Luis)
Riding a Vespa around the White Isle is perhaps the quintessential way to travel around. Especially when you consider the exhilaration and beauty when winding your way along the coastline.
Having this freedom allows you to get to areas inaccessible to cars and public transport. While at the same time, being a cheap option (compared to other daytime activities in Ibiza) to get your thrills for the day.
To rent a 50cc scooter in Spain, all you need is a full driving license (not a provisional) as well as a lot of experience driving this type of vehicle.
If you are going to rent a 50cc, there is no minimum. If you are going to rent a Vespa or another 125cc model, however, your license must be over 3 years old. If you are from a country which is not Spain, then the law from your country applies and it might be different.
Moto Luis accepts both credit and debit cards. Visa, Visa Electron, MasterCard, Maestro and American Express.
E-Bikes (From Kandani)
The newest way to get around the island is by using an e-bike. They are perfect for those that don’t want to worry about learning to drive a scooter. Simply hop on and you are ready to go.
If you are travelling eco-consciously then e-bikes are your best option by a long way. Starting from just €35 per day you could rent a mountain e-bike to reach those more off the beaten path locations mentioned earlier in this article (Creu de Sant Miquel anyone?).
Just as fast as any other bike you have ridden before. The motor will assist you up to 25kph before cutting out. This means you always have control.
Anywhere from 15-25 kg.
On flat terrain with eco-mode enabled they’ll take you up to 100km on a single charge. More than enough to navigate the island and get home after you favourite Ibiza sunset.